Parenting is tough! No other way to describe it. I lost the manual when the kids where born and have been winging it ever sense. I love being a father, seeing my daughters experience new adventures and learn new things is just amazing.
They are teenagers now and I have been struggling with keeping my relationship with them. They are growing up and ready to experience more without me. They don’t like to cuddle any more, sometimes they will, but not like when they where younger.
This is all part of growing up. As they are growing our relationship is changing. So our relationship has to transition also, they are young adults. They need to be able to make more decisions on their own and make their own mistakes. Watching Bipolar Barbie’s video on Transition Parenting is just right. We are in a transition, I don’t want to loose my relationship. I have to adapt and transition with them. I am still their dad but they have different interests. I have to make sure they know that I am there for them and willing to talk about anything.
It is so important to keep the communications with your children going and letting them know you are there for them no matter what. Even, when they say they don’t want you there. They do, they are growing up, but they need to know that you will be there for them when they need you.
How I parent is changing and I am learning that as we go. Like I said, I lost the manual.. Please don’t loose your manual for your children! 🙂 Their interests are changing and dad is not “cool” no more.
My friend put a wonderful video together on this transition as parents. Take a listen and let me know what you think.